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1:10 PM ET, August 26, 2010

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
ITunes Music Update: Think Social, Not Streaming  —  When will Apple launch a cloud-based version of the iTunes music service that lets you stream your songs to wherever you are, whenever you want?  —  Probably not at Apple's newest product launch next week.
Jessica Dolcourt / Crave: The gadget blog:
Use Gmail to make VoIP calls: Hands-on review  —  With Google's Wednesday rollout to Gmail, the built-in Google Talk chat app is finally getting its own voice.  Specifically, a plugin that lets you surface a dial pad so you can launch VoIP calls from the Gmail.com in-box, or from within iGoogle.
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Gmail Phone Calls Are All About Facebook, Not Skype
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Mitch Wagner / Computerworld:
Google Apps left out of voice chat update
Discussion: Phones Review
Dylan Swift / Yelp Official Blog:
Sneak Peak at Yelp Deals  —  Yelp's mission from the beginning has been to connect consumers with  —  great local businesses.  Members of the Yelp community have been and  —  continue to be the driving force behind that mission.  Historically, we  —  have provided value to our 36 million monthly unique visitors by
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Netflix App Now Supports iPhone and iPod Touch  —  As promised, Netflix has finally updated their App Store app [iTunes Link] to support the iPhone and iPod Touch in addition to the iPad. … Netflix originally launched the app for the iPad-only and later revealed that the App would come for all iOS devices.
David Pogue / New York Times:
New Kindle Leaves Rivals Farther Back  —  Too bad there's not a reality TV show called “America's Most Freaked-Out Tech-Company Meetings,” where you watch classic panicked board meetings.  For example, when the Apple employee left an iPhone 4 prototype in a bar.
Flood Lite:
Apple's Attention to Detail  —  In July 2002, Appled filed a patent for a “Breathing Status LED Indicator” (No. US 6,658,577 B2).  They described it as a “blinking effect of the sleep-mode indicator in accordance with the present invention mimics the rhythm of breathing which is psychologically appealing.”
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Smaller iPod nano without click wheel could be unveiled at Apple event  —  Rumors of a “significant redesign” of Apple's iPod nano have surfaced, suggesting the company could introduce a device a smaller form and no click wheel at its event next week.  —  Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros. issued …
Discussion: everythingiCafe and Edible Apple
Mike Prospero / LAPTOP Mag:
Android Battery Test Reveals Droid X Lasts Longest, AMOLED Handsets Trail  —  Ever since the first Android phone appeared, we've been developing a battery test that would accurately gauge their endurance, and lend some objective data to our anecdotal tests.Finally, we've come up with one …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Dell Matches HP's $1.6 Billion Bid For 3PAR - 3PAR Accepts  —  Dell announced this morning that 3PAR has accepted its increased offer to acquire the storage company for $24.30 per share in cash, or approximately $1.6 billion, net of 3PAR's cash.  —  Dell had previously signed an agreement …
Matt Asay / GigaOM:
Apple Doesn't Target Markets.  It Targets People  —  It's fascinating to watch enterprise adoption of Apple technology given its apparent disdain for this market.  According to The Wall Street Journal, businesses are tripping over themselves to justify iPad purchases, just a few years …
Adam Rifkin / GigaOM:
Why Google Has No Game  —  A few weeks ago, I wrote Pandas and Lobsters: Why Google Cannot Build Social Applications, a post that dissected why Google doesn't get social.  Since then, Google appears to have stepped up its efforts to develop a coherent social strategy.
Discussion: FM Blog
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Mophie and Intuit partner to create Complete Card Solution for iPhone, try to make Square look square  —  Who knew that credit card processing would be the new hotness for smartphones?  The Square mobile payment system has been making waves by letting small businesses receive credit card payment directly on their smartphones.
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Groupon Preps for More National Marketers After $11 Million Gap Promo  —  Touts Ability to Generate Foot Traffic as Key  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It looks like Groupon will be topping retailers' holiday wish lists.  —  Since last week's national Gap promotion, Groupon's phones …
Wall Street Journal:
The ABCs of E-Reading  —  New Devices Are Changing Habits.  People Are Reading More, Even While in a Kayak  —  People who buy e-readers tend to spend more time than ever with their nose in a book, preliminary research shows.  —  A study of 1,200 e-reader owners by Marketing …
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Has Google Purged Places Of Yelp?  All Signs Point To Yes.  —  Well, this is curious.  —  From our checks, it seems like Google has completely omitted Yelp reviews from Google Places.  As you may recall, Yelp has been frustrated by Google's recent decision to pump up its Places service with Yelp's content— without Yelp's consent.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
DISNEY, WARNER BROS. SUE TO STOP ADVERTISING ON PIRATE WEBSITES  —  EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. and the Walt Disney Co. have teamed up in a new legal effort to choke off the air supply of various websites that post and index links to pirated movies.  —  The two studios are suing Triton Media …
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Slide's Max Levchin Becomes a VP of Engineering at Google  —  Max Levchin, who was the chief executive of Slide and a PayPal co-founder, has landed a new title at Google as a vice president of engineering, we've confirmed with the company.  It's the latest leadership adjustment since …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
Erik Sherman / Wired In Blog| BNET:
Google Trademarks a Computer Called the Speedbook [Update]  —  While nosing around US Patent & Trademark Office databases, I came across something suggesting that Google (GOOG) plans more branded hardware.  According to an application filed last week, though with a priority date of February 19 …
Adam Cohen / Time:
The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves  —  Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go.  This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
MPEG LA: H.264 Streaming Will Be Free Forever  —  MPEG LA is announcing today that it will continue to offer a royalty-free license for the H.264 video codec for video sites that offer free video streams to consumers “during the entire life of this (l)icense.”
Discussion: Download Squad and Business Wire
Adam Smith / Adam Smith's Blog:
Thoughts After Y Combinator Demo Day  —  There's lots of motion in the ocean in the early stage investing world.  TechCrunch has a write-up on the companies that presented at Y Combinator's demo day yesterday.  I had several of my own thoughts.  —  Quality  — The average company quality is up.
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Heather Smith / Bloomberg:
Google Street-View Car Searched by Paris Privacy Regulators Before Ruling  —  A Google Inc. car used by its Street View mapping service was stopped and searched yesterday near Paris, less than a week after France's privacy regulator criticized the resumption of photographing French streets.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Digg Trying Hard — Maybe Too Hard — to Stay Relevant  —  The new version of Digg finally launched for all users today, although the site had some teething problems for much of the morning.  It was unavailable for almost two hours, and remained slow for some time afterward …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's ‘iAd for Developers’ May Not Be Cost-Effective
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sprout Social Debuts Social Media Management Platform For Businesses
Discussion: VentureBeat and Business Wire
Richard / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Musopen Wants to Give Classical Music to the Public Domain
Discussion: Techdirt
Rob Dolin / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live and Activity Streams
Discussion: TechNet Blogs, Thanks:chrismessina
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google's Orkut Tweaks Point To Google Me
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Adobe updates Web-based Photoshop, no longer demands membership
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SCVNGR's Secret Game Mechanics Playdeck
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and Android and Me
Caitlin Fitzsimmons / All Facebook:
Now QR Codes Can Generate Likes On Facebook
Discussion: Screenwerk and SFGate, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
Quora:
Why does the Facebook Places icon so obviously contain a “four” in a “square”?
Discussion: All Facebook and TechCrunch